The Healing Art of Massage



Massage as a healing art has been around for thousands of years in many cultures. In French the word massage means “friction of kneading”, in Arabic it means to “touch to handle or feel”. In Greek it means ” to touch, to handle, to work with the hands.” So it is evident that touch and hands are synomonous with massage. Evidence has shown that massage has been found to exist in ancient civilizations such as China, India, Japan, Korea, Egypt and others. Back in B.C.2330 the Tomb of Akmanthor in Saqqara, Egypt shows two men having work done on their feet and hands. We find similar scenarios in China, in fact in B.C. 700 Bian Que, the earliest known Chinese Physician, used massage in his medical practice. In B.C.500, Buddha’s physician Jivaka Komarabhacca, the founder of Traditional Thai massage codified a healing system that combines acupressure, reflexology and yoga postures. We also find biblical references with the use of certain oils.
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